New York Yankees: Chase Headley’s Exit Likely Means a Todd Frazier Return
Fans were wondering if the New York Yankees had any interest in bringing back Todd Frazier for a second season in 2018.
If the New Jersey native had any hopes of returning to the Bronx, the door certainly opened up wide for him on Tuesday during the Winter Meetings. The Yankees traded Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for Jabari Blash.
Headley was the Yankees starting third baseman since the summer of 2014. But the Yankees had a chance to improve the team at the trade deadline and struck a deal with the Chicago White Sox to acquire Todd Frazier, along with David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle for prospects. Once Frazier was in the lineup, he was seen as the everyday third baseman and was so for the rest of the regular season and in the postseason.
Headley played some first base and DH’ed from time to time, but trading for Frazier likely meant that Headley’s days in New York were numbered. The Yankees have been in discussions with Frazier since the start of the off-season and have traded salary numbers.
However, the thing the Yankees had to do first was to deal, Headley. Which wasn’t difficult to do since Headley is still somewhat productive. They didn’t expect the Padres to want Bryan Mitchell like they did. So Brian Cashman struck a deal to include Headley and his $13 million salary in the trade.
With that, it opens the door for the Yankees to bring Todd Frazier back into the mix.
In 66 games with the Yankees, Frazier hit just .222 with 11 home runs and 22 RBI. For the season, Frazier hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI. Despite the low average, Frazier still hit for decent power. He played a high level in the field at third base and overall. He is an upgrade at third over Headley.
The Yankees do have Miguel Andujar in the minor leagues; however, the Yankees might end up using him as trade bait in a potential deal this winter.
Taking away the stats, Todd Frazier’s arrival in New York helped the morale of the locker room and the clubhouse. He brought tremendous energy and help mold the chemistry of the team. The “thumbs down” trend took off because of him and for a while, became a team thing seen during the last month of the season.
Last year, the Yankees got within one game of playing in the 2017 World Series. Falling short to the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros in the ALCS. The Yankees expect to have a very good team heading into 2018, especially with the addition of Giancarlo Stanton.
Bringing Todd Frazier back for next year, even if it was for one year, would help the Yankees get back. Frazier has a lot of the intangibles that you cannot teach on a baseball field. In the three months, he was in the Bronx, Todd Frazier became a part of the fabric of this current Yankees team.
And it’s why it’s essential that Cashman finds a way to re-sign Todd Frazier. Bring him back to the New York Yankees for next season.